One of the most important pieces of advice I can give new, first time mother is this: If someone suggests bringing food, helping out with cooking or bring take out home to you, do NOT refuse. Sure your grandma makes fatty foods, sure your mom doesn’t use the organic veggies you love and take out food is, well, just plain bad for you. But put all those minuscule differences aside and grab their casserole dishes, kiss their cheek and thank your lucky stars you won’t have to cook yourself.
I am blessed to have an amazing mom who without me asking just KNOWS what help I need and when I need it and she comes to the rescue like a Wonder Woman sans a cape and lasso.
Case and point this delicious spaghetti and meatballs you see here. My wonderful mom, Basia, cooked these up just for my husband and me.
I sent her an excellent recipe a while ago and she uses that and it truly produces great results every time.
Since we have been using Jen’s recipe for so many years we have tweaked it to our taste but we really do credit this recipe as it was the very first one we used to make home made meatballs.
An amazing time saver, especially for people like me who absolutely HATE doing grocery shopping is Amazon Fresh. Once I imagine a recipe, or I request a recipe for my mom to create, I jump on Amazon Fresh’s website and order the ingredients and they are delivered to me same day or next day. Genius!
Once the meats are ground up, using her hands she combines all the ingredients which include some milk, an egg, breadcrumbs, finely chopped onion, fresh parsley, pepper, shredded parmesan cheese, a splash of EVOO.
A little tip I found that if you use Kosher breadcrumbs the ingredients are JUST breadcrumbs, they do not have any of the additives that traditional breadcrumbs have.
We then use a tiny cookie scooper to make the meatballs uniform in size, or similar size so you don’t have ten tiny meatballs and one giant one. All of them are uniform and it keeps your hands cleaner.
Pop them in the oven and watch them get all dark brown on the outside and moist on the inside. The onion REALLY helps them stay juicy inside.
Simply because I have NO TIME AT ALL with Oliver around, I just use a jarred, store bought, spaghetti sauce, I find one that has good ingredients and no preservatives.
Typically I would make my own noodles but again having a four month old I barely have time to rip open a package of dry noodles and put them in boiling water.
I love using my Mauviel copper pans, yes, for this dish they are overkill but they are simply amazing. I hope to write about them soon as I’m in love with them and my family jokes around that I should be their spokesperson. These pots and pans are just so fabulous!
So in my current state of “New Mommy”, once I reheat the prepped food, I plate it and then we chow down.
I got these Libbey Crisa Glass Plates For Such An Amazing Deal on Amazon. These are made in Mexico and are lead free. They are plain and simple and will fit any decor, from classic to modern.
Typically dinner is at eight at night as that is when Oliver FINALLY tires himself out, has a clean diaper on and is full of milk.
As you can see, I can’t afford to refuse the help and I SOOOOO would rather spend time with my son than to slave over a hot stove all day long. Sometimes it’s okay to say that I can’t do it all by myself and let someone know help is needed.
Please Note: All items mentioned in this blog post were purchased by me, none were gifted to me so this review is not swayed by freebies.